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Welcome to the Department of Education's press room. Here you will find the latest news relating to education in South Dakota. If you need background or statistics for a story or an expert to help interpret the information, contact Mary Stadick Smith, communications director, at (605) 773-7228.

Nov. 18, 2016
South Dakota sites recognized for efforts with Summer Food Service Program
At a recent gathering of state agency representatives in Arlington, Va., the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognized Rapid City Area Schools and the Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud for their efforts with the Summer Food Service Program in 2016.
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Nov. 15, 2016
Board holds first public hearing on proposed CTE standards
The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of four public hearings on proposed career and technical education standards in six career clusters earlier today.
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Nov. 7, 2016
Second round of shared services grants awarded to schools
Two proposals from South Dakota school districts will be funded under the second round of the state’s new shared services grant program.
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Oct. 13, 2016
Kaltsulas selected as 2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year
Beth Kaltsulas, a math teacher at Yankton Middle School, has been selected as the 2017 South Dakota Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made this evening at a banquet at the Cedar Shore Conference Center in Oacoma.
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Oct. 4, 2016
2016 South Dakota Report Card available
The 2016 South Dakota Report Card, a review of schools’ performance based on multiple indicators, is now available online.
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Sept. 20, 2016
Board approves new healthcare program at Lake Area Technical Institute
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved a community healthcare worker program at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown. This associate of applied science degree program will be 18 months in length, with 12-month diploma and six-month certificate options.
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Sept. 9, 2016
Annual Indian Education Summit to be held in Pierre
The 2016 South Dakota Indian Education Summit will be held Sept. 25-27, at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre.
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Sept. 8, 2016
South Dakota educators among those honored in Washington, D.C., today
Four South Dakota educators are among those being honored today in Washington, D.C., as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
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Sept. 8, 2016
Shared services grants, part of 2016 legislative package, awarded to schools
Four proposals from South Dakota school districts will be funded under the state’s new shared services grant program. The program was established as part of the 2016 legislative package aimed at improving teacher recruitment and retention efforts in South Dakota.
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Sept. 7, 2016
Wanted: Rookie and veteran teachers for state’s new mentoring program
Teachers from across the state are invited to participate in South Dakota’s new statewide mentoring program, which pairs teachers new to the profession with veteran educators.
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Sept. 6, 2016
Gov. Daugaard proclaims September Attendance Awareness Month
With school back in session across the state, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September Attendance Awareness Month.
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Sept. 2, 2016
Education department announces guidelines for 2016-17 free or reduced school meal programs
Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education announces the policy for free milk or free and reduced price meals. The policy applies to children unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and/or Special Milk Programs. The administrative office of each school that participates in the Lunch, Breakfast, and/or Milk Program has a copy of the policy available for review.
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Aug. 24, 2016
State ACT scores remain steady, above national average
South Dakota’s average composite ACT score remains steady and above the national average, according to data released earlier today.
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Aug. 9, 2016
2016 SD Workforce Education Grant recipients announced
Nine South Dakota Workforce Education Grants have been awarded to South Dakota school districts, totaling $800,000.
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July 28, 2016
Annual CTE Conference to be held in Sioux Falls
The 2016 South Dakota Career and Technical Education Conference will be held July 31-Aug. 2, at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls.
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July 19, 2016
10 afterschool programs funded through grant
A total of 10 21st Century Community Learning Center grants have been awarded to provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students.
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July 18, 2016
Classroom Innovation Grant recipients announced
Eighteen Classroom Innovation Grants have been awarded to South Dakota school districts for a combined total of almost $1 million funded by the 2016 Legislature.
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June 20, 2016
Preliminary state assessment results show gains
Preliminary results on the 2016 statewide assessment in English language arts and math show gains in student performance in both content areas and in all but one tested grade level. The assessment is administered each spring to just under 70,000 South Dakota public school students in grades 3-8 and 11.
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June 20, 2016
Shared services grant applications to be available soon
At its meeting earlier today, the state Board of Education approved rules related to shared services grants, which were included in Senate Bill 133 of the 2016 legislative session.
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June 13, 2016
Special education reports now available online
Information regarding school districts’ performance on improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities is now available online. Results of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays are also available.
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May 25, 2016
Find Summer Food Service sites for youth with a text or toll-free call
Organizations across South Dakota will serve free meals to the state’s youth this summer as a part of the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option. Children age 18 and younger may receive a meal free of charge at participating sites, which include organizations such as nonprofits, schools, libraries and local governments.
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May 24, 2016
State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
Twelve school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2016.
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May 16, 2016
Board adopts new content standards in CTE career clusters
The South Dakota Board of Education adopted new career and technical education standards in six career clusters earlier today.
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March 14 2016
Tech institute tuition to freeze; Southeast Tech expands program
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved 2016-17 state tuition and fees at the state’s four technical institutes.
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Feb. 12 2016
Pierre celebrates CTSO Legislative Shadow Day
February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, nearly 40 student leaders came to Pierre Feb. 10-11, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations' Legislative Shadow Day.
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Feb. 10, 2016
Department of Education seeking individuals to serve on standards work groups
Beginning this summer, South Dakota will review standards in several content areas, including math, English language arts, and several career and technical education career clusters.
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Jan. 28, 2016
Establish a Summer Food Service Program in your community
The South Dakota Department of Education's office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for a federally-funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.
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Jan. 26, 2016
Two South Dakota technical institutes named among top 150 in the country
The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today again named Lake Area Technical Institute and Mitchell Technical Institute among the nation's top 150 community colleges.
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Jan. 19, 2016
Eight South Dakota public libraries have been accredited by the State Library in 2016.
They will be honored in front of lawmakers, library colleagues and community members at the Capitol rotunda Jan. 20, at 3:30 pm CST.
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Jan. 7, 2016
Board approves program expansion at Southeast Technical Institute
The South Dakota Board of Education has approved a program expansion in the area of diesel technology at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls.
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Jan. 5, 2016
21st CCLC grant applications now available
Applications for the next round of 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants are now available online.
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